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Bachelor of Arts

Online BA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs

Overview

FIU's fully online BA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies offers undergraduate students the ability to develop an interdisciplinary awareness and understanding of Latin America and the Caribbean. Candidates will select courses from their area of concentration which include Language and Culture, Governance and Security, Migration and Transient Communities, and others. They will also be introduced to topics from the areas of International Political Economy of Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as Latin American and Caribbean Cultures.

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Why Apply?

A bachelor’s degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) from FIU prepares students with a well-rounded understanding of the history, culture, politics, economics, etc., of the region. FIU is uniquely positioned as thousands of foreign companies are represented in Florida and many multinational companies, with ties to Latin America and the Caribbean, are headquartered in South Florida. Because of this, FIU offers the most well-informed faculty members and instruction on Latin American and Caribbean Studies. This fully online program is designed to provide students with the necessary tools to comprehend international concepts and the current international business environment as it relates to careers in the private, government, and non-profit sectors. Courses cover timely and relatable topics to inspire global sensibilities and knowledge for today’s modern world.

Career Opportunities

According to executive recruiters, global studies, such as the Latin American and Caribbean Studies program, add considerable value to university graduates’ marketability. With a specific emphasis in international studies, graduates will become more competitive as they seek employment with multinational companies. Graduates of this program have pursued employment in government agencies (local, state, national), non-profit organizations, the financial industry, consumer advocacy, cultural affairs offices, human resources administration, translation and interpretation services, museums, social service agencies, public relations and marketing, environmental firms, FBI/CIA, disaster assistance, and K-12 education.

Courses

Program Completion Requirements 

A total of 120 credits are required for the Bachelor of Arts in Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

To qualify for admission to the B.A. program, FIU undergraduates must have met all the university's lower division requirements, including the CLAS requirement or its equivalent, and have completed 60 semester hours. 

Required Core Courses (6 credits)
  • Introduction to Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Contemporary Latin America and the Caribbean
Required Distribution (24 credits)
  • International Political Economy of Latin America and the Caribbean (9 credits)
  • Latin American and Caribbean Cultures (9 credits)
  • Main concentration (6 credits with the same or related prefixes)
Language Requirements
  • Two semesters in Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, or French
  • Lower division (1000/2000) courses do not count towards the B.A. language requirements.
  • Two upper division language courses (3000/4000). Students must achieve intermediate proficiency in Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, or French. To meet pre-requisites of these upper division courses, students may successfully test out of these lower division courses.
  • Students who test out of language courses must still take two 3000/4000 language courses.
 

Requirements

To ensure every student’s success, we have certain admissions requirements for each of our programs. To help you through the application process, our enrollment advisors are here to answer your questions and guide you every step of the way.

FIU Admission Requirements

Applications are accepted for Spring, Fall and Summer terms.

Steps to Apply

Freshman Students

 Please submit the following:

  • Online application
  • $30 application fee.
  • Official SAT or ACT scores.
  • Official high school transcripts.

Transfer Students

 Please submit the following:

  • Online application
  • $30 application fee.
  • Official college transcripts.
  • If you have less than 60 transferable college credits, you must also submit official high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores in addition to any transcripts from postsecondary schools to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

International Students

 In addition to the above requirements, international applicants should submit:

  • Official English Language Proficiency exam scores (TOEFL or IELTS).
  • NACES official course-by-course evaluation and translation of college transcripts.
  • If you have less than 60 transferrable college credits, you must also submit official high school transcripts with translation.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Candidates must first be accepted into the university. Students admitted to Florida International University are admitted directly to their chosen major.
  • Program Completion Requirements

A total of 120 credits are required to complete the fully online undergraduate degree.  Students must complete the University Core Curriculum, University requirements and Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs requirements while satisfying requirements toward their Spanish major and are expected to make good progress based on critical indicators, such as GPA in specific courses or credits earned. In cases where students are not making good progress, a change of major may be required. The Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs advisors work to redirect students to more appropriate majors when critical indicators are not met.  For specific course requirements, visit the Courses tab on this program page.

Admission Documents

To complete the online undergraduate programs admissions form, select your program from the application form. You may complete the online application and submit it, even before taking any entrance exams. All supporting admission documents may be sent to:


Florida International University

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

P.O. Box 659003

Miami, FL 33265-9003

USA



FIU also accepts transcripts electronically via:

  • Faster (All FL public institutions)
  • Naviance (Typically used by private high schools)
  • SMART/Joint Service Transcript – Military records

*Meeting the university minimum requirements does not guarantee admission

Tuition

Tuition Information

Pursuing your degree is one of the best investments you can make – one that will open doors to personal and professional opportunities. Our tuition costs represent some of the best value in higher education, and we also offer financial aid support you need to reach your goals.

Students enrolled in a fully online bachelor’s degree program at FIU will not be charged many of the fees applicable to on-campus students, saving fully online student hundreds of dollars per semester. Please note fully online students do not have free access to FIU’s on-campus resources such as: computer labs, sporting events, recreational facilities, parking, etc.

FLORIDA RESIDENTS

TUITION + FEES

Florida Residents Tuition
  • Tuition per credit hour: $130.42
    The total cost per credit includes tuition in the amount of $105.07, as well as the following fees: Financial Aid Fee ($5.25), Tech Fee ($5.25), and the Activity & Service Fee ($14.85).
  • Tuition Differential Fee per credit hour: $52.29
  • Distance Learning Fee per credit hour: $30.00

TUITION & FEES ESTIMATES

BASED ON COURSE LOAD

IF YOU TAKE:
1 COURSE
3 CREDITS
2 COURSES
6 CREDITS
3 COURSES
9 CREDITS
4 COURSES
12 CREDITS
$391.26 $782.52 $1,173.78 $1,565.04
$156.87 $313.74 $470.61 $627.48
$90.00 $180.00 $270.00 $360.00
TOTAL COST:
$638.13
TOTAL COST:
$1,276.26
TOTAL COST:
$1,914.39
TOTAL COST:
$2,552.52

NON-FLORIDA RESIDENTS

TUITION + FEES

Florida non Residents Tuition
  • Tuition per credit hour: $247.48
    The total cost per credit includes tuition in the amount of $216.56, as well as the following fees: Financial Aid Fee ($5.25), Out-of-State Financial Fee ($5.57), Tech Fee ($5.25), and the Activity & Service Fee ($14.85).
  • Tuition Differential Fee per credit hour: $52.29
  • Distance Learning Fee per credit hour: $30.00

TUITION & FEES ESTIMATES

BASED ON COURSE LOAD

IF YOU TAKE:
1 COURSE
3 CREDITS
2 COURSES
6 CREDITS
3 COURSES
9 CREDITS
4 COURSES
12 CREDITS
$742.44 $1,484.88 $2,227.32 $2,969.76
$156.87 $313.74 $470.61 $627.48
$90.00 $180.00 $270.00 $360.00
TOTAL COST:
$989.31
TOTAL COST:
$1,978.62
TOTAL COST:
$2,967.93
TOTAL COST:
$3,957.24

*Total tuition and fees are estimates and are subject to change. Other costs such as lab fees, proctored exam fees, books, supplies and other materials are not included in this calculation.

Top Faculty

Ana María Bidegain, Ph.D., was born in Colonia Suiza, Uruguay. She studied History in Uruguay and Belgium, where she earned her PhD, with great distinction at the Catholic University of Louvain. She developed her academic career in Colombia, where she lived and taught for more than 20 years. Dr. Bidegain founded the History Department in the University of Los Andes and opened the field of Religious Studies at the National University of Colombia. In the 2003-2004 biennium, she directed the Social Sciences Research Center of the National University of Colombia. Prior to joining us here at Florida International University, Ana Maria was a Visiting Professor in Harvard’s Women’s Studies in Religion Program.

Michael J. Bustamante, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Latin American History in the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs at Florida International University. Dr. Bustamante specializes in modern Cuba, Cuban America, and the Caribbean. He comes to FIU from Yale University, where he completed his Ph.D. in Latin American and Caribbean History in 2016. He also earned an M.A. and M.Phil. in History and a B.A. (Summa Cum Laude) in History and International Studies from Yale University. 

Barry Levitt, Ph.D., holds a B.A from McGill University and an M.A. from York University, both in Political Science. In 1998-99 he was a visiting scholar at the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, Lima, Peru. In 2000, he served as Director of Political Analysis for the Carter Center / National Democratic Institute election observation mission in Peru. Levitt received his Ph.D. in Political Science in 2002 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining the faculty at FIU in 2007, he was Assistant Professor at Reed College and then at Emory University. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on a range of topics including comparative politics, Latin America, democratic institutions, and political violence. 

Frank O. Mora, Ph.D., is Director of the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center and Professor in the Department of Politics & International Relations in the Steven J. Green School of Public and International Affairs at Florida International University. Dr. Mora received his Ph.D. in International Affairs and an M.A. in Inter-American Studies from the University of Miami. He earned his B.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University. Prior to arriving at FIU, Dr. Mora served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Western Hemisphere from 2009–2013. During the last twenty years Dr. Mora worked as a consultant to the Library of Congress, the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), the National Democratic Institute, the U.S. State Department, the Organization of American States, and U.S. Southern Command. 

Dr. Okezi T. Otovo is Assistant Professor of History, a Core Faculty member of the African and African Diaspora Studies Program, and an Affiliate Faculty member of the Latin American and Caribbean Center. She received an M.A. in Latin American Studies and a Ph.D. in History from Georgetown University. Professor Otovo has extensive research experience in Brazilian archives and particularly in those in the state of Bahia. Her research interests focus on modern Brazilian social history, specifically peoples of African descent and the politics of gender and citizenship in the 20th century.

Marifeli Pérez-Stable, Ph.D., is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Global & Sociocultural Studies in the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs at Florida International University. Dr. Pérez-Stable is a Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington, D.C. She is the author of The Cuban Revolution: Origins, Course, and Legacy (Oxford University Press, third edition, 2012) and The United States and Cuba: Intimate Enemies (Routledge, 2011). She is also the editor of Looking Forward: Comparative Perspectives on Cuba's Transition (University of Notre Dame Press, 2007). 

Chantalle F. Verna  focuses on the culture of foreign relations, specifically concerning Haiti and the United States during the mid-twentieth century. Her forthcoming book is entitled Haiti and the Uses of America: Post-U.S. Occupation Promises, 1934-54. The study emphasizes the importance of examining the post-occupation period: the decades that followed the U.S. military occupation of Haiti (1915-34) and considering how Haiti’s public officials and privileged citizens rationalized nurturing ties with the United States at the very moment when the two nations began negotiating the reinstatement of Haitian sovereignty in 1930.

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